Is this automatically given for four years, or am I reconsidered based on family income and assets each year? Can U-M reconsider my funding if my parents’ financial situation changes?
Your eligibility is reviewed each year and you and your family must meet the income and asset criteria. You must apply for financial aid by our priority deadline. Family financial situations can affect this tuition program.
What if I lose eligibility in my sophomore year? Will I be again considered in my junior year?
Yes. Your financial aid application will be reviewed each year for the Go Blue Guarantee program, up to a total of four years. Students may demonstrate eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee in one, two, three, or all four years.
Is the Go Blue Guarantee applicable to graduate programs?
The Go Blue Guarantee program will assist eligible students enrolled in their first Bachelor's Degree (undergraduate) program.
Can my financial aid change if you have asked to review additional documents or information?
If we have requested additional information, your tuition funding is contingent on you providing this information for our review. If the information submitted is different from what was reported to us originally, your funding may change.
Can I attend part-time and still get the Go Blue Guarantee?
No. You must be enrolled full-time on the Ann Arbor campus to receive the U-M Go Blue Guarantee for tuition.
What if I take a semester off of school and am not enrolled?
Your eligibility will be reviewed for each academic year (fall and winter semesters) in which you enroll. If you take a semester, or year, off to pursue some other interest, your eligibility will be again determined upon your return to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, up to a maximum of four years.
I am working to earn a second bachelor’s degree. Can I qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee for tuition?
No. You must be earning a first bachelor’s degree to be considered and to qualify. Students who are completing a second bachelor's degree may be eligible for federal student loans, up to the aggregate borrowing maximum for undergraduate students. Second bachelor degree students may also be eligible for private educational loans and scholarship assistance.
I am transferring to the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Can I get the Go Blue Guarantee?
Transfer students are eligible, as well as incoming first-year and continuing students. Your eligibility will be considered when you apply for financial aid and your family income and assets are considered. The number of years (or terms) you receive as part of the Go Blue Guarantee would depend upon the number of credits you received at your previous institutions and how many terms you attended. Each transfer student’s situation would vary.
Will periods of enrollment at another institution be included in the four years of the Go Blue Guarantee?
Yes. When determining the total length of enrollment, enrollment at another institution will be included. For example, if you take a year off to enroll at a school closer to your home, your enrollment will be included when evaluating future eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee.
My Go Blue Guarantee does not appear on my spring/summer financial aid notice. Why?
The Go Blue Guarantee is not offered during spring and/or summer periods of enrollment. Students may receive up to four years (four and a half for Engineering students) of tuition during a fall or winter semester of enrollment.
What about my 529 tax deferred college savings plan? What if I have a Michigan Education Trust paying for my college?
If another resource covers your tuition, you will be considered for, and may receive, other institutional funding including grants, loans, and scholarships to assist you in meeting other college expenses.
My Go Blue Guarantee shows as less than my full tuition on my financial aid notice. Why?
Other grants and scholarships, such as the federal Pell and SEOG grants, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, and some UM-funded scholarships contribute to this tuition program. In these cases, U-M makes up the difference and covers a student’s full tuition using the Go Blue Guarantee.
I did not qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee. Can I appeal this decision?
All financial aid decisions may be appealed through a committee process that reviews extenuating or special circumstances. The U-M Office of Financial Aid makes the final determination of eligibility, considering all factors affecting a family's financial situation. You may be asked to provide documentation of your special circumstance.